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EES Attendance and A/B Hybrid Model

Dear Early Childhood and Elementary Parents and Guardians,

As we start to prepare for this new school year, we are very excited to be able to work with our students and families in a variety of ways very soon.  Yesterday, our families received district communication about the majority of communications being turned over to the building levels at this point.  Moving forward, we know that there are a great deal of things we need to share with our families, but we will be doing this in chunks.  In today’s communication, we will be discussing both attendance and what the Hybrid A/B model may look like. 

ATTENDANCE

Every student will be accounted for, regardless of their mode; Hybrid-In Person, Hybrid-Virtual, and 100% Remote.  Students who are in person, the teachers will take their attendance how they have always done in the past.  If the student is either hybrid-virtual or remote, the teacher the student is assigned to will do a live check in to account for their attendance.  This could be through an individual Zoom meeting, a Zoom where the student virtually attends a class meeting, or a phone call as examples. 

In the spring, the requirements for attendance were more lenient than what we will be mandated to do now.  Therefore, following the stipulations laid out by the state with accountability for attendance will be reflected in our practices. 

HYBRID A/B MODEL

  • Families who do not choose the 100% remote will be in the A/B Hybrid Model.  Each family will be designated as either A Group or B Group.
  • Families in the A Group will be in attendance at school on Monday and Tuesday.  Families in the B Group will be in attendance at school on Thursday and Friday.  
  • Wednesdays will be a virtual day for all families.  
  • Various safety precautions will be put in place for students who are in person, some of which are listed. Staff and students will be required to wear masks and maintain social distance.  Students will eat both breakfast and lunch in their classroom.  With the exception of PE, all specials will be held in the classroom.  
  • The days that the student is not in attendance within the school (A Group=Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and B Group=Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday) they will be virtual learning.  To maintain attendance, students/parents will need to be in contact and interacting.  
  • Google Classroom will be the platform used on virtual days.
  • The state has identified that each student in this model will need to maintain the 1116 hours as mandated by the Kansas Department of Education.  This means that on virtual days the students will need the equivalent of 6.5 hours of educational content assigned by the teacher daily.
  • The designated time of 6.5 hours each day does not mean 6.5 of screen time solely.  Below are some examples of the components that the teacher may utilize to fulfill the designated time. This is not an exhaustive list of what may be utilized.
    • 20 minutes - Watch a video on topic being studied in science - Exploring our Senses
    • 35 minutes - For each of the five senses, find five things throughout your house to demonstrate the use of each
    • 15 minutes - Read a book of your choice
    • 15 minutes - Watch a video prepared by the teacher to demonstrate regrouping in math
    • 15 minutes - Complete the 10 problems listed to demonstrate your understanding for regrouping
    • 15 minutes - Read the story “My Sister, Jane” through the link provided by the teacher
    • 15 minutes - Identify the characters, setting, and main idea within the story, “My Sister, Jane” and submit it through Google Classroom
    • 30 minutes - Watch the video about communities
    • 20 minutes - Based on the video about communities, start brainstorming things you want to include in a community you are going to create
    • 90 minutes - Create your community using your creativity
    • 15 minutes - Watch the video of the teacher introducing and breaking down the spelling words
    • 15 minutes - Find a creative way to spell out each of the words (play doh, cheerios, shaving cream, etc.) 
    • 10 minutes - Zoom meeting with the teacher to ask questions or review topics of the day
    • 50 minutes - Specials (Art, Library, PE, Music, Computers)

 

We understand that this is a great deal of information and may cause you to think of other topics or questions, such as which cohort your child will be in, and those topics will be covered soon. If you have any questions or there are things you need clarified, please feel free to reach out.

 

Early Childhood and Elementary School Principals,

 

Susan Tinich, Head Principal

Seth Heide, Assistant Principal

Keith Wohlgemuth, Assistant Principal